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Paulding residents: Watch out for fake cop

Paulding residents: Watch out for fake cop

HIRAM, Ga. -- The Paulding County Sheriff's Office issued a notice Thursday evening, saying that a man pretending to be a cop pulled over a driver on Hitchcock Road in Hiram earlier this week.

The victim told investigators she thought the suspect's dark-colored car was an "unmarked police car." It had flashing blue lights affixed to the front and back windows.

According to police, the suspect pulled in front of the victim's car and stopped, as if to block her in. He approached the woman and asked her to get out of her car.

Because the suspect was not wearing a badge or name tag, the victim refused to get out; instead, she asked the suspect to follow her to a public parking lot. That's when the victim told police the suspect said "never mind," got back in his car and drove away.

The victim described the suspect as a tall black man with a stocky build. He was wearing a long sleeve, dark-colored jumpsuit.

Hiram man charged with kidnapping, sodomy

Hiram man charged with kidnapping, sodomy

HIRAM, Ga. -- Investigators with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office have arrested a Hiram man in connection with a recent sexual assault.

The incident happened Monday at the Columns at Hiram apartment complex, where a 21-year-old woman reported being sodomized at knifepoint by a Hispanic man with "black buzzed hair" driving a burgundy minivan.

Using the victim's description of her attacker, police were quick to arrest 29-year-old Christian Mejia Ruiz on Tuesday.

Ruiz was charged with kidnapping and aggravated sodomy. He is being held without bond in the Paulding County Detention Center.

2 women arrested in Labor Day weekend murder

2 women arrested in Labor Day weekend murder

DALLAS, Ga. -- Investigators in Paulding County have arrested a mother and daughter for the Labor Day weekend murder of a Dallas man.

Lennis "Donny" Jones, 44, was fatally shot in the back of the head on May 30 at his home on Fernwick Court. The Paulding County Sheriff's Office had been working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for several months to bring Jones' killers to justice.

The U.S. Marshal's Service Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force (SERFT) arrested 45-year-old Elgerie Cash and 20-year-old Jennifer Weathington on Monday and charged them with felony murder in Jones' death.

Both mother and daughter are being held without bond in the Paulding County Detention Center.

Sex offender arrested for exposing himself

Sex offender arrested for exposing himself

HIRAM, Ga. -- Paulding County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a convicted sex offender for exposing himself to at least three victims.

Officials said Anthony Sims has a history of sexual offenses. Since Sept. 16, they received three reports of the 42-year-old Hiram resident exposing his genitals in the area of South Davis Mill Road and Hiram Sudie Road.

Because Sims is a registered sex offender, he is required to wear an ankle monitor. Detectives used the monitor's GPS tracking capability to discover that the suspect was at or near the scene during all three incidents.

"Paulding County currently has four registered sexual predators that are monitored by probation or parole using ankle monitors," Paulding County Sheriff Gary Gulledge said. "We are fortunate that technology such as GPS exists, and we will continue to use it in order to keep our communities safe."

Police searching for convenience store robber

Police searching for convenience store robber

DALLAS, Ga. -- Investigators with the Dallas Police Department are looking for the man accused of robbing a convenience store Friday evening.

The incident happened at around 8 p.m. at Lucky's on Hardee Street.

Surveillance cameras captured images of the suspect, described as a white man who's about 20 years old. He carried a small handgun during the robbery and may have left the scene in a white 2000 Pontiac Grand Am with tinted windows.

Anyone who can identify the suspect or provide more information about the robbery is asked to call Dallas Police at 770-443-8100.

DALLAS: Jury deciding if violent intent in weapons case

DALLAS: Jury deciding if violent intent in weapons case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A federal jury has to decide if a Georgia militia supporter had violent intent when he drove with a handgun and assault rifle to an East Tennessee courthouse to show support for a political extremist.

Wesley Huff of Dallas, Ga., testified at his trial in Knoxville that he has a gun carry permit and had no intention of violence April 20, 2010 when he went to the Monroe County Courthouse.

Huff is charged with carrying a firearm across a state line intending to use it in a civil disorder. He is also charged with transporting a firearm in relation to another felony, which on conviction carries a mandatory two-year minimum prison sentence.

Prosecutors told jurors starting their deliberations Monday that Huff intended a violent takeover of Madisonville and the courthouse.

Former sheriff's deputy arrested for child molestation

Former sheriff's deputy arrested for child molestation

CANTON, Ga. -- A former Paulding County Sheriff's deputy was arrested at his home in Canton on child molestation charges.

Carl Michael Janflone, 53, was taken into custody on Sept. 30, one day after the victim, an acquaintance, filed a report with Canton Police.

Janflone worked for the Paulding County Sheriff's Office for four years. Paulding officers are aware of the investigation and are cooperating with Canton detectives.

"Carl Janflone's employment status with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office changed to 'suspended with pay' immediately following his arrest Friday evening, Sept. 30, 2011, and he was terminated Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011," Paulding County Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Gurley said in a statement.

Janflone was booked in the Cherokee County Jail. He was charged with child molestation and enticing a child.